SHIPWRECK, STORMS, DEATH AND DANGER - AND THE RACE TO BEAT THE FRENCH
The exciting story of Matthew Flinders the man who named Australia and the first to chart its coastline.
Matthew Flinders is a towering figure in Australian history the first to chart our coastline and the leading champion for naming the country Australia. In 1801 he was made commander of the expedition of his life the first close circumnavigation of Terra Australis.
Famous for his meticulous charts and superb navigational skills, Flinders was a bloody good sailor. He battled treacherous conditions in a boat hardly seaworthy, faced the loss of a number of his crewmen and, following a shipwreck on a reef off the Queensland coast, navigated the ship's cutter over 1000 kilometres back to Sydney to get help.
Rob Mundle brings Matthew Flinders fascinating story to life from the heroism and drama of shipwreck, imprisonment and long voyages in appalling conditions, to the heartbreak of being separated from his beloved wife for most of their married life. This is a gripping adventure biography, in the style of Bligh: Master Mariner.
About the Author
Rob Mundle is the bestselling author of Bligh: Master Mariner and ten other books, and a journalist and competitive yachtsman whose own family heritage is with the sea, dating back to his great-great-grandfather who was the master of square riggers. Rob has reported on more than 30 Sydney to Hobart Races, covered seven America's Cup challenges (including Australia's historic 1983 win), four Olympics and numerous other major international events.
'This book has it all adventure, romance and tension.' [Sunshine Coast Sunday]'A drama of adventure and shipwreck' [Sun Herald]'Rob Mundle is a master of the maritime narrative' [Sunday Age]'The remarkable Flinders, who ranks with Cook and Bligh as one of the great seafarers of the era' [Herald Sun]
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th October 2012
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.71